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With Indictment Looming, Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman Calls it Quits

December 14, 2012 10:54 am 0 comments

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: Roosewelt Pinheiro.

Avigdor Lieberman said Friday he would resign from his position as Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister in the current Israeli government.

In a statement issued by his office, Lieberman stated that he was told by his legal council that he did not need to resign, but would do so to fight the charges of fraud and breach of trust set to be brought against him.

“Although I know I have not violated any laws, out of a desire that after so many years of legal proceedings, investigations and wiretaps against me I can also put the matter that remains behind me, I decided to resign from my position as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and as I announced yesterday also to give up my parliamentary immunities effective immediately,” he added.

“I am doing this because I believe that the citizens of Israel are entitled to go to the polls after it’s already been decided, i.e. that a legal decision will be made before the elections, so that I can continue to serve the State of Israel and Israeli citizens as part of a strong and unified leadership that can deal with the security, political and economic threats facing the State of Israel,” said Lieberman.
On Thursday Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced he would indict Lieberman for breach of public trust and fraud in a 2008 cause involving obstruction of justice by former Israeli ambassador to Belarus Ze’ev Ben-Aryeh.

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